6th Circ. Reverses Twombly Ruling In Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (June 22, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived an antitrust suit brought by Tennessee carpet dealer Watson Carpet & Floor Covering Inc. alleging rival dealer Carpet Den Inc. and supplier Mohawk Industries Inc. conspired to force Watson out of business.

The appeals court nixed the lower court's ruling that Watson Carpet had failed to state a claim under the standard described by the Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, finding instead that Watson Carpet had adequately pled its case.

"Watson Carpet specifically alleged both an agreement...
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